The Daily Telegraph has this article about magician Marco Tempest's iPod app. He uses technology to create illusions, and discusses how deception in art can lead to truth. While the article refers to iPhones, Mr. Tempest actually refers to iPods.
NPR's Robert Krulwich brings us yet more proof that eyewitness evidence might not be all that reliable. Professor Kokichi Sugihara creates simple (or not so simple) little gadgets that make a mess of our brains. "See" here.
The new issue of Scientific American Mind has an interesting excerpt from Stephen L. Macknik and Susanna Martinez Conde's new book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions (Henry Holt, 2010). The excerpt (and book) reveal the basis for some tricks, and contains interviews with Apollo Robbins, Teller, and other greats. But more than that, this book continues the conversation about how and why magic works, as well as why it fascinates us.
Oh, you knew I couldn't pass this item up. Willie Geist highlights this story about a fellow in Kansas City who wants $15,000 (you pick it up) for this door in which you might discern either the face of Jesus or the ghost of Albert Einstein. My pick: Uncle Albert, although I have to say that the image really reminds me of one of those sixteenth or seventeenth century historical figures--maybe Philip II of Spain or Cardinal Mazarin on a bad day. eBay allows sellers to advertise objects that are purported to be "haunted." The theory: the buyer pays for the object and actually has something left if the ghost decides to wander off before the chosen delivery service drops off the package.
If you like this example of pareidolia, check out this image discussed in the Telegraph. It's supposed to be Jesus seen in a map of the planet taken from outer space.
Willie Geist of MSNBC.com on a British man's sighting of Jesus in a frying pan. Mr. Geist is none too convinced. The picture is good, in Mr. Geist's opinion, too good. Hardly seems fair. If it were bad, he'd criticize that. In addition, his commentary on those New Zealand ghosts in bottles.